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Message 97386 - Posted: 8 Apr 2020, 21:38:07 UTC

I've just been watching a new BBC documentary, and I can't make up my mind what to think about the events depicted.

Life with a Russian billionaire: money and death threats

iPlayer: The Countess and the Russian Billionaire

There are multiple strands to consider here, and all are at least touched on in the film. The evolution of the USSR into current Russia (with the characters including Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin, sundry oligarchs, and a cast of thousands). A simple human love story. The courts and legal systems across Europe. Sundry enforcers, both judicial and extra-judicial.

All of those are still very much a 'work in progress' - a first draft of history. It'll take a century or more to write the whole story, and conclude who were the goodies and who were the baddies (I suspect the baddies will outnumber the goodies).

But in this time of pandemic coronavirus, my mind was taken up by the lifestyles of this group of people in the good times.

"We have a PA, two drivers, two housekeepers, an English nanny, and a Russian nanny as well as a French teacher for homework", counts Alexandra as she gives a tour of her home.
"He'd give me his credit card and I'd go shopping, I could do what I liked," she says. "I had a private jet. I just had to pack my suitcase and go."
The couple split their time between an array of properties; including a £12m family home in Battersea, a 200-acre estate in Hertfordshire, and a beach-front villa in the Caribbean, worth $40m. [not to mention the Chateau in the south of France]
If they'd kept that up into the first three months of this year, they'd have made the lead in a different sort of documentary.
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Message 98138 - Posted: 29 Apr 2020, 0:46:49 UTC

Good news on a Coronavirus vaccine.
Coronavirus vaccine breakthrough as Queensland scientists raise high levels of antibodies in testing
Still at the animal testing stage, so continue to Stay Safe.
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Message 99494 - Posted: 27 Jun 2020, 15:25:51 UTC
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It's too hot!

It's not "normal" to be this hot, this far north. More than 30C for a week now, and 33C inside my apartment.

Minimal crunching for me now. (Since SETI went into hibernation, I moved to WCG)
I'm running only my old Laptop, Samsung NP-RV511 now 24/7, and on 3 threads only of its 2C/4T processor (Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU M 380 @ 2.53GHz).Tthrottle is installed and works perfectly.
The rest of my computers are not crunching when it is this hot, including my even older ASUS Laptop 1C/1T (Intel(R) Celeron(R) M processor 1.50GHz)
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Message 99495 - Posted: 27 Jun 2020, 15:35:37 UTC - in response to Message 99494.  

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Message 99499 - Posted: 27 Jun 2020, 16:46:07 UTC
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Well, it's possible, but I remember a couple of summers like this.
One sometime in the 70's, I do not remember the exact year, but I think it was 1975, and then the famous summer of 1994.
So far, this summer even though hot just now, can not compete with 1975, or 1994.

It's just that the older I get, the less heat I can deal with without feeling uncomfortable.

As of now, at 18:50 local time, it's still 27C outside (and despite open windows 32C in my apartment)
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Message 99503 - Posted: 27 Jun 2020, 17:29:47 UTC - in response to Message 99499.  

1976. Loved working on Met main but hated the Circle duties.
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Message 99504 - Posted: 27 Jun 2020, 18:40:01 UTC

Yes, 1976. I had a holiday booked (overland to Morocco), but the tour company rang up at the last minute and bumped me back a week. Didn't feel like working the extra days, so - literally - caught the service bus at the end of the road. Took me 65 miles from Bradford, via Hawes, to Keld at the head of Wensleydale.

Then I spent the spare week walking back - eating in pubs, sleeping in unlocked barns on piles of hay (winter fodder in storage). It worked then, in that summer, but I don't think I'd try it again today.
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Message 99506 - Posted: 27 Jun 2020, 19:21:30 UTC - in response to Message 99504.  

Why not? If you wear that sweater, you'll look the type. No one will ask you anything. ;-)
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Message 99507 - Posted: 27 Jun 2020, 19:31:41 UTC - in response to Message 99506.  

It's not me, it's the accommodation. I don't think you can just walk up to a barn in the corner of a field and try the door, any more.

They've all been converted into bijou bunkhouses...
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Message 99509 - Posted: 27 Jun 2020, 19:43:35 UTC - in response to Message 99507.  

Well, isn't that much easier then? At least then you'll have a bed to lay in, instead of fodder for winter. :)
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Message 99510 - Posted: 27 Jun 2020, 19:45:15 UTC - in response to Message 99509.  

But I'd have had to book it weeks in advance!
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Message 99629 - Posted: 5 Jul 2020, 8:32:58 UTC
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From 11am CEST (9am UTC) onwards you can follow a live stream watching the sun here via the radio telescope at Dwingeloo in The Netherlands.
The telescope can see through clouds and rain, so this live stream will continue despite the bad weather.
(Explanations are in Dutch)
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Message 99633 - Posted: 5 Jul 2020, 15:21:01 UTC

Why are they speaking English backwards?
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Message 99634 - Posted: 5 Jul 2020, 15:27:09 UTC - in response to Message 99633.  

ROFLOL, says the Swede whose language is equally impossible to follow. :)
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Message 99635 - Posted: 5 Jul 2020, 16:14:03 UTC - in response to Message 99633.  

Why are they speaking English backwards?

With a Mumbai accent.
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Message 100320 - Posted: 17 Aug 2020, 15:19:56 UTC - in response to Message 100318.  

Had several HD7950 & S9000 radeon systems most liquid cooled running milkyway. Gave them away recently as older systems need a lot of baby sitting to keep running plus I got interested in other things that dont involve baby sitting computers. Have a few mostly gtx1070 systems running gpugrid now.

Gridcoin used to be 21 cents just a few years ago but now only .005 (1/2 a cent)


Which is why these coins are pointless. I've tried many a time on CPU, GPU, ASIC, etc, and every single time the coin value produced is less than the cost of the electricity and hardware. Absolutely useless. Even if you find something good, the value drops in the next week and you have to change hardware and mess around. You never ever make any money.


Agreed. Unless you want to contribute to the science on the projects you run and are looking to recoup a small fraction of the cost or like myself at this time of year, all my daylight computing is free from the panels on my roof.
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Message 100323 - Posted: 17 Aug 2020, 16:19:51 UTC

I also tried a few solar panels fitted and paid for by myself, and realised that they generate such a pathetic amount of power in Scotland that they don't even pay for themselves for 25 years.


Ours have paid for themselves in nine years. We were lucky and got in just before the first cut in the feed in tariff.

The Green Party did put out a statement about the CO2 produced by mining for bitcoin a few years ago. If I can find it will post a link.
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